Senior forward Maddie McCormick (Alexis I. DuPont H.S./Newark, Del.) scored two goals, including the game-winner in the 92nd minute, to lead UNCW to a 2-1 overtime victory over Hofstra in a Colonial Athletic Association contest at Hofstra Soccer Stadium in Hempstead, New York.
The win allowed the Seahawks to extend their unbeaten streak to nine consecutive games, while improving their record to 9-3-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the CAA. Meanwhile, Hofstra had its three-game win streak snapped, dropping its record to 8-4-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the CAA.
“I am really proud of our effort tonight,” Coach Paul Cairney said. “We challenged our team to deal with the elements and to deal with an incredibly talented Hofstra team. We were tough in the right moments and dealt with their pressure.
McCormick, who posted her second two-goal game of the season, gave UNCW the victory just 90 seconds into the overtime period when she scored on a shot to the low right corner of the goal off assists from senior forward Katrina Guillou (Bishop Ireton H.S./Fort Washington, Md.) and senior midfielder Stephanie Bronson (Leesville H.S./Raleigh, N.C.).
“It is always a tight game with Hofstra and [Coach Simon Riddiough] does a fantastic job in having his team ready and prepared,” Cairney added. “The difference tonight was Maddie McCormick. She took the team on her shoulders and she showed why she is one of the best center forwards in our league. Now, we have to recover and get prepared for reigning CAA champion Northeastern on Sunday.”
UNCW continues its four-game road trip on Sunday, Oct. 4 when the Seahawks visit defending CAA champion Northeastern for a 1 p.m. contest against the Huskies.
Seahawks play to scoreless draw at JMU
Junior goalkeeper Sean Melvin (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) made four saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season as No. 18 UNCW earned a scoreless tie against James Madison in a Colonial Athletic Association match at University Park.
The Seahawks, who played their second scoreless draw of the season, improved to 6-1-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the CAA. Meanwhile, the Dukes recorded their second tie of the season and are now 2-6-2 overall and 1-1-1 in the CAA.
“I was proud of our guys tonight,” Coach Aidan Heaney said. “The conditions were extremely difficult with driving rain and wind the entire game, so it was tough for both teams. It was a battle and we competed and worked extremely hard.
“JMU has started the season slower than they had hoped and are a better team than their record indicates,” Heaney added. “With all things considered, we will take a point on the road in what will surely be a tight CAA race.”
Melvin recorded three of his four saves in the second half and overtime periods as the Seahawks were outshot by a 10-4 margin. He preserved the tie in the 108th minute with a save of a shot by senior defender Bjarki Adalsteinsson (Kópavogur, Iceland).
UNCW returns to non-conference play on Tuesday, Oct. 6 when the Seahawks visit No. 2 North Carolina at 7 p.m.